England's women cricketers have left themselves in need of one more victory down under in order to retain the Ashes after losing the second one-day international by 26 runs.
Australian batsman Nicole Bolton hit an impressive 124 runs on her international debut to help her side to a score of 266-7.
England chased hard with Heather Knight scoring 55 while Sarah Taylor notched 63 and Natalie Sciver added 57, but the visitors were eventually bowled out for 240.
The tourists currently lead the multi-format series 8-2 and need only one more win for two points from the final ODI or any of the three Twenty20 internationals to retain the Ashes.
"The Aussie girls batted beautifully, we lost wickets at crucial times and the game got away from us." England wicketkeeper Taylor told BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.
"Our fielding wasn't up to scratch, we dropped a few catches, but we're going to have to look at today as a bad day in the field."
Captain Charlotte Edwards was adamant going into this second ODI that her team would not be complacent despite leaving Australia in need of a win in all of the the last five matches of the series in order to take the Ashes.
The final ODI takes place in Hobart on Saturday.